On the verge of victory in Mosul, Iraqi security forces received police equipment that they’ll use to protect their citizens.
The first Police Presence in a Box kits were transferred to Iraqi security forces July 3 during a ceremony in Baghdad. The Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve transferred the kits after procuring them through the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support.
The kits are “temporary stations that provide a local police force with the equipment necessary to establish themselves in areas where ISIS has destroyed their infrastructure,” Canadian Brig. Gen. David Anderson, the multinational task force’s director of partner force development and ministerial liaison team, said during a press briefing July 6.
The kits are the first of 100 that will be transferred this summer.
“The imminent liberation of Mosul rids Iraq of ISIS and sets conditions for political reconciliation,” Anderson said. “The coalition’s role in preparing for what comes after ISIS is to train and equip hold forces and area security forces so stabilization can occur.”
Iraq Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared that Mosul was firmly under control of Iraqi security forces July 9.
The kits come in a shipping container and include:
- Tent with working space
- Water tanks
- GPS equipment
- Weapons storage
- Checkpoint equipment
- Two pick-up trucks
“The contents can be unpacked and set up quickly to allow the police to immediately begin serving their citizens,” Anderson said.
The task force procured the kits, minus the trucks, through DLA Troop Support’s Construction and Equipment supply chain. Rodney Farrell supports U.S. Central Command customers through C&E’s Maintenance, Repair and Operations program.
He said he began working with four task force officers in January to determine what items should be included in the kits. The regional MRO prime vendor eventually set up warehouse space in Baghdad to put the kits together.
While Iraq security forces have gained control of Mosul, the threat of ISIS in Iraq remains. Rebuilding this first responder capability is one of the foundations of the civil security required by the people of Iraq to help defeat ISIS in this next phase, according to a CJTF-OIR press release July 10.
The Police Presence in a Box kits will be followed by kits designed to enable similar capability for Iraq’s border service, Anderson said.